By Mindy Weisberger, Senior Writer Live Science
A woman’s body that was recently donated to a medical school in Oregon provided an anatomy lesson that was much stranger than instructors expected.
When students at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland dissected the cadaver of the 99-year-old woman, they found that her liver and abdominal organs were transposed — as if flipped across a vertical axis — though her heart was oriented normally, on the left side, OHSU representatives said in a statement.
This is known as “situs inversus with levocardia,” and it affects about 1 in 22,000 births, according to OHSU. But unlike most who have this rare condition, the woman experienced no ill effects during her lifetime — in fact, she was completely unaware that some of her organs weren’t where they were supposed to be, her family told OHSU. [27 Oddest Medical Cases]
The donated remains belonged to Rose Marie Bentley, who died in October 2017. Her unusual case was presented today (April 8) in a poster at the 2019 American Association of Anatomists Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology, in Orlando, Florida.